Sexual Assault Awareness Month – April 2013

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Talk Early, Talk Often

 

What is Sexual Assault Awareness Month?

Nationally, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) occurs in April and commits to raising awareness and promoting the prevention of sexual violence through use of special events and public education.

Sexual violence is a very serious public health problem that affects millions of women and men. In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime and nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced other forms of sexual violence at some point in their lives. Many Victims do not Disclose Sexual Violence.

Working to Prevent Sexual Violence

CDC uses a 4-step approach to address public health problems such as sexual violence:

  1. Define the problem
  2. Identify risk and protective factors
  3. Develop and test prevention strategies
  4. Assure widespread adoption (this is where SAAM comes in)

The ultimate goal is to stop sexual violence before it begins.

 

Get Involved:

Join the conversation. Start talking about healthy childhood development to prevent child sexual abuse.

  • “Tweet about it! Tuesdays” are chats happening on Twitter every Tuesday in April as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Join experts for a one-hour live discussion of child sexual abuse prevention and the role all adults can play in promoting healthy development.
  • Share a SAAM Informational Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xG348AcT5j4
  • Have a movie screening: The NSVRC is partnering with the Media Education Foundation for National Sexual Violence Awareness Month 2013 to offer reduced pricing on select films exclusively to Sexual Assault Awareness Month activity organizers. You can order films at SAAM prices through April 30, 2013. Over twenty fabulous films are included ranging from The Line to Wrestling with Manhood.
  • Show your support: wear a teal ribbon. Teal is the official ribbon color for Sexual Assault Awareness.

If you are, or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence: Contact the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (Free, Confidential, 24/7) and get information at: http://www.rainn.org/get-information

 

Sexual Assault Awareness

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